New Basic Responsive Theme

New Basic Responsive Theme

Basic is a new free theme suggested by many users. The purpose of the Basic theme is to give you a starter theme so you can be your own designer. It only contains the basic layout styling so you can customize the theme with your own perferences using the Themify option panel. The layout is completely responsive. It works on any resolution on desktop and mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. The theme has similar functionalities as all our other themes such as the grid layout options, footer widgets, and social links, etc. Download Basic here.

Responsive Design

To see the responsive layout, view the demo and resize the browser window or view it with a mobile device.



It includes several additional skins such as dark themed, full wrap, and page style.


Other Features:

Lightbox Gallery

The theme comes with PrettyPhoto plugin that turns the WordPress gallery into a lightbox gallery.

Lightbox Media Link

You can attach a lightbox media link to the post image. The lightbox link can be an image, video (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), or iFrame URL.

Back to Top Button

It has a scroll to top button at the footer.

Custom Main & Footer Navigation

The theme includes a customizable main menu and an optional footer menu.

Footer Widgets

You can display up to 4 optional footer widgets.

Footer Text

Footer text can be replaced at the Themify option panel.

RSS Icon and Search Form

RSS icon and search form can be excluded as well.

Default Layout Options

The theme offers various list and grid layout options where you can set in the option panel.

Documentation Links

If you are new with WordPress and Themify, here are the documentation links that you might find useful:

Some Basic Styling Tips

You can pretty much style everything with the Themify option panel. If you are new, don't be afraid to mess around with the Styling and Settings tab. You won't break the theme by changing the options in the panel. You can always go to the Transfer tab to backup or import the panel setting data.


The image below illustrates the main structure of the layout.


Styling Background

Go to Themify > Styling tab. Start by customizing the background of the main layout components: Body (main body of the page), Header Wrap, Middle Wrap, and Footer Wrap. You can choose a custom background color from the color picker and apply a background image. To upload a custom background image, click on the '+ upload' button.


Combination of Skin & Custom Styling

You can apply a skin and use the Styling tab to further customize it. Check the image below to see what can be done. Try it yourself: go to the Skin tab, apply the Page skin, then go to the Styling tab and apply the background images.


Font Style

Now click on the Body Font tab to change the font style and link color. If you want to use Google Web Fonts, read this tutorial on how to incorporate Google Fonts.


Reset Styling & Setting

You can click on the sub tabs to continue styling the theme as you like. At any time, you can reset the Styling or Setting data by clicking on the reset button located next to the save button. Read the documentation for more tutorials.


  1. Patricia
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 06:03

    What a beautiful free WordPress Theme (and responsive to boot). This will definitely be making our daily list of free themes in the month of December. Our team was just having a conversation today about after having listed approximately 300 good free themes that there is a real lack of quality free themes in the market. Thanks for continuing to give back to the WP community with a great, free resource like Basic.


  2. Suren H
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 06:11

    Extraordinary design with this new Free Basic Responsive theme with premium options.

    Good Job! :-)


  3. Arlen
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 06:18

    Thank you! I’ve been hacking some of your other responsive themes, but this will give me a chance to start with a cleaner slate! I love your themes and have been giving you props at the CreativeLive class!


  4. bee
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 06:31

    I am so dumb. Can’t find download button ???


  5. Pernilla Näsfors
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 07:23

    Wow! Like an early Xmas present! I’ve been using your premium themes as basis for child theme development and it’s been a pure joy to work with such well-structured code. Will definitely be using this clean and responsive theme a lot and recommend it to others! Thanks!


  6. KChristoph
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 07:58

    Thanks from Hannover, Germany
    Have a wonderful time !


  7. mat
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 08:18



  8. Mark - Webdesigner from Hamburg
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 08:27

    Sounds and looks really great. I´ll try it!


  9. Kreativ Theme
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 10:51

    Basic is great, but it’s NOT that basic considering th eamount of features available … thanks !!!


  10. Tutspress
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 12:02

    Thanks you Themify!


  11. best themes
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 12:51

    Nice free theme.


  12. JoAnn
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 13:34

    Thank you! I just started using your themes – I can hardly wait to play with this one!


  13. ZAM
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 15:38

    That’s a great one, and its FREE. Thanks Themify.


  14. RozaniGhani
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 15:42

    i think this theme should be as Themify Framework. I prefer as Themify Responsive Framework.


  15. The Captain
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 16:50

    Sweet! I’ll definitely be using this for some fun sites! I can’t say enough how much I love the themify framework for building amazing sites.


  16. Michael
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 17:02

    Well done and it is for free! You guys are awesome!


  17. Young
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 02:42

    always good working :)


  18. Giang
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 07:00

    Developer Member won’t get new themes? :(


    • Nick La
      Dec 05, 2011 @ 17:34

      It is included in Developer Club.


    • Giang
      Dec 08, 2011 @ 15:18

      Thank you. Got it now :D


  19. tro choi
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 08:46

    Free theme very good.


  20. Alexandra
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:39

    many thanks for giving away this very nice theme that can be used in any kind of niches.
    Have a nice day!


  21. Designerfied
    Dec 08, 2011 @ 14:52

    This theme is amazing! The theme options blew me away! So easy and organized that it took me about 15 minutes to build my design.


    • Designerfied
      Dec 09, 2011 @ 17:29

      Anyone know why In IE8 I get this:
      Message: Could not complete the operation due to error c00ce56e.
      Line: 121
      Char: 1
      Code: 0
      Will not load the page at all. Man I really want to use this theme!!


      • Nick La
        Dec 12, 2011 @ 16:29

        That css3-mediaqueries.js is supposed to provide CSS3 Media Queries support for Internet Explorer. It has been working fine until recently. Perhaps the script has been updated. There is another script called respond.js which does the same job. We will look into that. Meanwhile, you can replace it with respond.js or remove css-mediaqueries.js for now.


      • Nick La
        Dec 12, 2011 @ 20:08

        Our developer did a quick test on IE8, didn’t experience the error message. Which version of Windows are you using? Did you test it on compatible mode?


        • Designerfied
          Dec 12, 2011 @ 22:19

          Both computers running vista. I also got an couple emails about it. I just removed css-mediaqueries.js for now. Theme works and looks great!!

          One thing I didn’t do is disable all of my plugins. I wonder if a plugin was causing it.

          Thanks again for this theme, it’s just what I needed.


          • Nick La
            Dec 14, 2011 @ 17:59

            We tested it on IE8 Windows 7. No error found. It shouldn’t be related to the plugins.

  22. Thomas
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 12:40

    Hello Nick.. love you’re theme. Yet i have a problem, when using img.php it doesn’t show any thumbnails, what gives? When i disable img.php images do appear.


    • Nick La
      Dec 12, 2011 @ 16:29

      Check with your server host to see if they support XxxXxxxx.


  23. Ed
    Dec 13, 2011 @ 14:16

    Somewhat confused by the themes page showing this as $39, is that a listing error?


    • Nick La
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 18:40

      Sorry, it has been fixed now. It is absolutely free.


  24. flippertie
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 04:24

    Hi, Have just discovered your basic theme and am loving all the options built in to the theme -saves ,modding CSS for simple colour changes etc. Definitely going to check out your other responsive themes for my next project

    One question – is it possible (within the WP dashboard)to set an image as background for the header and still display the text? Or is it an either/or option?



    • Nick La
      Jan 10, 2012 @ 21:22

      Go to Themify > Styling > Background and upload a background image in the Header Wrap Background.


  25. Aaron Grey
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 04:22

    Thanks for creating a superb responsive theme… and a free one at that. The theme options panel is fantastic.


  26. Free Stuff
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 05:07

    Cool theme, going to use in some projects for sure. Thanks


  27. Ingvi Jónasson
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:59

    Awesome people! Thanks a lot.


  28. pam
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 16:40

    Hello. Thanks for a wonderful theme. When I upload an image to use as a featured image, the image will upload, but only the box, and no image will appear on the site. Also, photos that were already on my site when I activated the Basic theme are all pixelated now. How can I correct this? Thanks.


  29. Mihai X
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 14:49

    Hi, this template it’s awesome. I want to build commercial templates based on this, it is permitted ? I guess it is since it’s a gpl 2 license but I want to be sure. Of course i will buy the developer pack even if this is free, I’m simply stumped by the features, I’ve never seen something like this and I looked a lot.


  30. ve may bay vietnam airlines
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:54

    Sorry, it has been fixed now. It is absolutely free.


  31. R Krishana
    May 23, 2012 @ 05:27

    Thank you! I just started using your themes


  32. Matt
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 20:22

    Pure and simple but still good looking and functional theme. I’m already using one of Your free templates – iTheme2, but this looks even better:) keep up the good work.


  33. hut be phot
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 03:42

    I like this theme, it help me much, really simple to use
    Thanks for share!


  34. Best of me
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 13:05

    this theme is one of best themes in the web.
    but I see a problem in this theme and other free theme “iTheme2” & “Koi”.
    thay don’t work corectly in Opera .

    in opera the “width” of page is more big and show free space .

    I think there is a problem in style.css


  35. choi tro choi
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 03:15

    Beautiful WordPress Theme WP.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year team Themify



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    Mar 06, 2013 @ 07:24

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  37. bigspin
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 00:56

    Using this theme. It’s great. Still haven;t figured out the builder tho, doesn’t seem that intuative. I’d like to see some kinda slider function to change the theme into a magazine type layout. Otherwise really like it.


  38. Maya
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 19:40

    I love you, i just love you for making this theme. LOVE IT LOVE IT


  39. Johnny
    May 13, 2016 @ 08:18

    I’m using it, too. But hard to integrated Woocommerce, I need sell some items on the site.


    • Kurt @ Themify
      May 13, 2016 @ 21:07

      What issue are you encountering? Do you mind sending us an email at info[at] and we’ll look into helping you out? Although, please know that WooCommerce is a third-party plugin and we may have some limitation to the level of support we can give.



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